Tamil protesters, who were demonstrating opposite the British Prime Minister’s Office at 10, Downing Street, demanding justice and independence for Tamils in Sri Lanka, burnt posters of TNA leader R. Sampanthan and MP Sumanthiran for attending the state celebrations of Sri Lanka’s 67th Independence Day anniversary today.
Despite freezing weather, few hundreds of Tamil protestors carrying banners and placards demanded British Prime Minister and his government to ensure justice and independence for Tamils in Sri Lanka. They also urged the UK government to continue to push for the publication of report of the UN-led war crime probe as scheduled in March in Geneva.
Some of the banners and placards read: “We reject Sri Lanka’s LLRC”, “Not just war crimes, it’s genocide”, “Eelam Tamil PoWs need ICRC”, “Stop Sri Lanka’s violence against Tamil women and children”.
Organising the protest, the British Tamil Coordinating Committee also said that the protest was also organised to mark Sri Lanka’s 67 th Independence Day as the Black Day for Tamils. Similar protests have been organised in Germany and few other European countries too.
Some of the protesters burnt the posters that carried the images of parliamentary group leader of the Tamil National Allaince (TNA) R, Sampanthan and TNA’s national list parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran, showing their anger and disappointment for attending the state Independence Day celebrations held today at the parliamentary grounds at Sri Jayewardenapura Kotte.
Earlier in the day in Sri Lana, the national television channels showed footages of TNA’s parliamentary group leader Sampanthan and MP Sumanthiran in traditional attire, attending the state function along with several political party leaders, ministers, MPs, state officials and diplomats.
The TNA has already condemned their participation at the event.
This is for the first time since the introduction of the 1972 constitution that a senior leader from the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) or the Tamil Arasu Katchchi or the Tamil National Alliance attended the state celebrations of the Independence Day, which is still marked by the Tamils as a Black Day.